Where does your happiness come from?


Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness | Video on TED.com.

Dan Gilbert gives a fascinating talk on how our brains synthesize happiness. Here is how our brains assess good and bad outcomes:

1. Impact Bias – we overestimate the impact that good and bad events have on our lives…they are never as good or bad as we expect, nor do they last as long as we expect.

2. We synthesize happiness, but we think happiness is a thing we can find. We are capable of making things better in our heads.

3. Natural happiness is what we get when we get what we wanted. Synthetic happiness is what we make when we don’t get what we wanted. Synthetic happiness is every bit as enduring as natural happiness.

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One Response to Where does your happiness come from?

  1. Pingback: Synthetic Happiness? | Think Good Inc.

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